"A war protest" was what CBS' Byron Pitts called it, when New Orleans residents took to the streets to demand action to halt that city's escalating homicide rate: nine gun murders in the last eleven days. All three networks assigned reporters to the rally. ABC's Steve Osunsami (subscription required) blamed a "bloody turf war" between narcotics dealers. He listed the bullet points in the city's plan for new police measures and reported on the residents' reaction as "a band aid." NBC's Ron Mott saw Mayor Ray Nagin listen to the protests but he "did not address the crowd directly."
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